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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Watch Silly People on June 25-30 for Comedy with Taste


There is still hope that Philippine stand-up comedy can still be something to be proud of.  Now Pinoys can invite their foreigner friends to have a laugh and not to be laughed at with a show that won’t make you cringe,  feel humiliated , or horrify  you because your boss has just been insulted.  SPIT Comedy explores material beyond the toilet.  So now corporate events don’t have to settle for and regret inviting guests to attend below-the-belt, tacky comedy that compels you to be charitable with a polite laugh over a pathetic punch line.

Can you imagine coming on an empty stage, with no props, no script,  no rehearsal  and  come up with spur of the moment jokes  with all eyes on you? Takes talent and teamwork to pull off a show like that.

“Don’t be funny . . . just be honest . . . be a teamplayer . . . and all will flow into place”, that’s what is going on in their minds as Silly People’s Improv Theater (SPIT) members perform their hilarious shows.

Press Release:
In celebration of its 11th year anniversary, SPIT and PETA Theater Center proudly present the Manila Improv Festival 2013 from June 25-30, 2103.
           
The theme for this year is “Follow Your Feet”, an improvisational theater concept which also ties in with the art form’s return to PETA - the group which first introduced improvisational theater to the country in the early 1970s. As SPIT takes on a new decade of laughter and innovation, the group decided to take a bolder step in sharing the art of improv to bigger audiences through the festival and its partnership with PETA Theater Center.

Gabe Mercado, artistic director of the festival and founder of SPIT describes the vision of the festival: “SPIT was founded back in June 2002, because I saw the need for a new kind of comedy—one that differed from the usual stand-up comedy routines that we are used to seeing on TV and comedy bars. Improv appealed to me because of its grounding on truth, the magic of spontaneity, and the fun that on-the-spot creation brings about.”

Being the country’s premiere improvisational theater group known for their smart and incisive brand of comedy, SPIT has represented the Philippines in numerous international events such as the prestigious Los Angeles Comedy Festival in 2004, and more recently, in the Hong Kong and Beijing Improv Festivals.

The Manila Improv Festival 2013 will have six shows featuring the participating improv groups:  People's Liberation Improv and 3 Dudes Improv (Hongkong), Beijing Improv (Beijing), Taichung Improv  (Taiwan), Xiamen Improv (Xiamen), Zmack  (Shanghai), Pirates of Tokyo Bay (Tokyo) and Silly People’s Improv Theater (Manila).

There will be one show each on June 26, 27, 28 and 30 (8 p.m.), while there will be two shows on June 29. Entrance for each show is P400, and will feature three improv groups for each set, performing a variety of long form and short form improvisational shows.

All performances will be at the heart of the PETA Theater Center - at their “Black Box” performance space known as the PETA-PHINMA Theater. SPIT is excited to be exploring this new space with the theater’s flexible and intentionally skewed box theater that offers numerous stage and audience arrangements.

During the festival, there will also be an Applied Improvisation Network Conference for HR and training professionals from June 25 - 26. Applied Improvisation takes the concepts of improv, and utilizes it in other fields, particularly in sharpening skills in innovation, creativity, presentation skills and leadership. The AIN conference will be led by Paul Z. Jackson, one of the founders of the Applied Improvisation Network and its immediate past president, Kay Ross, a Hong Kong-based marketing consultant and coach and member of People's Liberation Improv, and Curt Mabry who has been using improvisation in his work with Zmack Shanghai as well.

A workshop for both master and aspiring improv actors will be conducted  as well from
June 28 - 30.

For more details and updates, you may check out SPIT via
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spitmanila
Twitter: @spitmanila
Website: http://spitmanila.com/
           

For ticket and Workshop inquiries contact:
Meann Espinosa of PETA
Tel: 410-0822 loc 14 to 15
mobile number 0906 211 5003

Tickets are also available at Ticketworld or the PETA Theater Center.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Zendee Takes Over where Charice Left off



After hearing the disappointing progress of internationally-praised singer Charice Pempengco’s career spiral, we find comfort that there is another Filipino talent who can fill in her shoes.  Another Ellen De Generes discovery, Zendee performs with the the vocals that garnered international attention in a presscon held at Ortigas last April 30.  

Warner Music Philippines announces the release of debut album of  ZENDEE titled “ I BELIEVE. ”The nine-track album features six original compositions and three cover songs with the track list as follows:  

“ Runaway ” is an upbeat, getting over / moving on love song with a current/new sound written by US-based songwriters and world-class composers Andrew Fromm, Matt Bronleewe, Jordan Pruitt, & Tyler Hayes. 
“ The Ones You Love ” - a love song about heartache and “ Completely ” -  a ‘couples song’ were both written by Diane Eve Warren. Dianne is a US-based songwriter highly regarded worldwide as a hit maker with hundreds of hit songs under her belt.
“ I Believe ” - an inspirational love song with only the piano and vocals and “ If You Want ” -  the only love song in the album that has only a ukulele and vocals as accompaniment. This was written by Lamberto Reyes Jr.  who also composed songs for other Warner Music artists.
“ Go The Distance ” is an inspirational song which best exemplifies the journey of Zendee and at the same time showcasing her vocal prowess. Written by Alan Menken, David Joel Zippel.
“ Hallelujah ” written by Leonard Cohen, is an  ‘arena’ inspired sound which focus on Zendee’s  vocal prowess.
“ Love Takes Time ” written by Mariah Carey and Ben Margulies is Zendee's version of this classic hit.
“ Runaway ” (acoustic)  is a stripped-down version of  ‘ Runaway. ’ 

Zendee will perform as the special guest artist of Jason Mraz on his concert on May 14 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

You can follow her via the following social networking sites below.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

No Water, No Moon for Polyeast Just Bamboo and a Grand Carousel





After meeting Bamboo for the first time, it was clear that he is devoted to his craft, humbly considering himself as just one of the band members, and is really a shy and simple person.  When someone jokingly said he was perceived as suplado, Bamboo was shocked at that revelation and explained laughingly that he was just shy.  I believe so as he seems a bit fidgety around people.

What struck me as he responded to questions from the press was how he kept re-focusing the attention from him to his band, saying he is just one of the band members. The star is really the band. He values his band members a lot, considering himself as nothing without them.  To me, he comes across as a nice, simple,shy guy who just wants to be remembered as a good family provider.

Hear what he has to say about schooling, and what learnings he can share to the newbies in the video below.
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Bamboo's performed his new single "Carousel" and other songs from the album NO WATER NO MOON  during a presscon held last April at Tomas Morato, Quezon City.   Distributed by PolyEast Record, the album is available in stores starting May 2013.
           
"Carousel", produced and written by Manalac, features a pulsating and anthemic drum beat along with haunting vocals that Manalac is known for. While the song was recorded by Manalac in Manila, final mastering was done in California by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters as well as the other songs in the album. The song was launched on radio in April 22 and expected to release its music video soon.

Manalac said “It (Carousel) speaks of inspiration and finding oneself by going back. As the refrain starts “remember before….rush hour…” and that once you do open that door it’s a hard thing to close.  And that “home” for me isn’t a place but it’s me finding meaning in what I do what drives me to dare, be confident and continuing to look for that spark… and that is home.”

Asked about Carousel’s lyrical wordplay with children singing the background chanting “I’m home…” he recalls “…’the nursery line’ which brings you back to a special time in your life. For the choruses, I also put into lyric of the images and the idea that we’re here to not think of the “perfect storybook ending” but to live and take the present…”

No Water No Moon marks Manalac's first solo album and was originally released in 2011 and crept to Gold record status in February 2013. Producing the chart-topping hits that made his comeback as one of the most anticipated albums of 2011, NO WATER NO MOON produced the singles “Questions” “Spin”, Ikot ng Mundo” and “In This Life.” The same album gave him another taste of victory at the 25th Awit Awards for the Best Performance by a Male Recording Artist award for his song "Questions."

For more information, you may log onto www.polyeastrecords.com or follow Bamboo updates on facebook.com/Polyeastrecords or twitter.com/PolyeastRecord 

 

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Aria Cucina Italiana Launches New Signature Cocktails

Bianca A. Elizalde with Tim Walters
Press Announcement:
Dining is going to be even merrier at Aria Cucina Italiana. The restaurant is cementing its place as one of Metro Manila’s and Boracay’s favorite spots by complementing its already-impressive menu with brand-new signature cocktails. The “Barmansmix” collection of drinks was created by LA-based mixologist Tim Walters, who brings his distinct flair and expertise to the country’s eager palate.

Diners looking to go traditionally Italian can sample the Camparia, a delightful aperitif that tempers the bitterness of Campari with citrus vodka, Cointreau, and cranberry juice for a fruity opening. 

Tropical Sangria
For something on the sweeter side, Walters cooked up the tropical sangria, which gives the conventional cocktail a sunny twist with white wine, watermelon, Cointreau, banana, and fresh lemon juice. 

The Aria Margarita is another brilliant variation of the margarita, bringing the tangy sweetness of grapefruit juice to a blend of sweet vermouth, silver tequila, and Campari.

Strawbasiltini
For customers who want something a little different, there’s the Strawbasiltini, a deliciously complex drink that combines Skyy vodka, fresh strawberries, and fresh basil with a splash of balsamic vinegar to round out its sweet flavor. 

Bolder guests can count on the Mantini – a bold, burly cocktail that mixes Maker’s Mark, handmade Kentucky bourbon, lemon sour and grenadine – for a drink with a good, manly kick.

The Summer Bliss takes diners back to Aria’s hometown of Boracay with its incredibly refreshing mix of gin, cucumber, and mint leaves. 

The good vibes keep coming with the Threesome, a blend of three different rums, a mélange of fresh fruit juices, and amaretto that makes customers yearn for the beach with every sip – particularly due to the coconut rum that floats on the tongue through the well-rounded drink.

Cafetini
The Blue Buck is one of Aria’s more eye-catching concoctions, in which a bubble of Bacardi Gold rum and blue sour is trapped within a shot glass at the center of an ice ginger beer bath. Lifting the shot glass releases the blue rum mixture, which is happily blended into the ginger beer for a tart, candy-like cocktail. 

Mr. Grey’s Potion likewise plays around with interesting flavors, highlighting an Earl Grey-infused syrup with orange juice, maraschino cherries, and Maker’s Mark.

 For dessert, Aria is proud to offer the Key Lime Pie-tini, a silky-smooth drink that emulates the popular pastry with Skyy Vanilla vodka, Licor 43, lime juice, and whipped cream, finished with a crushed graham cracker crust decorating the rim. 

The Cafetini creates the perfect nightcap, combining a fresh shot of espresso, Bailey’s, and Irish cream for a cocktail that’s so indulgent, it’s sinful.

The new cocktails promise to make mornings, afternoons, and evenings at Aria even more fun with their dazzling array of colors and flavors. Every sip is an experience that’ll have diners craving for more. 

Aria Cucina Italiana is located at Bonfacio High Street Central at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, and at the beachfront of D’Mall in Boracay Island. For inquiries, contact 867-ARIA (2742).

with Chef Francesco Leone

Friday, May 3, 2013

Fiery Flamenco Returns to the CCP in June


Press Announcement:

Spanish flamenco dancer and choreographer Eduardo Guerrero returns to Manila to perform De Dolores, a stunning flamenco concert which mesmerized Manila audiences last year.  Eduardo Guerrero’s De Dolores will be shown on June 14 and 15, 2013, 8pm at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP Little Theater). The event is presented in collaboration with the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Embassy of Spain, Instituto Cervantes de Manila and BENCH.

Guerrero took his first dance steps at the early age of six. He studied Spanish dance at the Conservatorio de Danza de Cádiz and later completed his contemporary and classical training with David Greenall and Monserrat Marin. He has worked with the biggest names in flamenco such as Eva Yerbabuena, Amador Rojas and Antonio Canales, among others. He has garnered several awards such as La Perla de Cádiz and the First prize in the II Choreographic Contest of Andalucia Professional Dance Conservatories.

Flamenco is rooted deeply in the cultures of Spain, though it is mostly centered in Andalusia, yet included in almost every social event in both European and Spanish countries. The Cultural Center of the Philippines has presented flamenco dance and music productions, among them, Spain's famed Flamenco dancer Sara Baras. 

For more information please contact the Embassy of Spain at 817-6676 Loc. 112 or emb.manila@maec.es, the CCP at 832-1125.

Spanish Zarzuela at the CCP is Open to the Public

Press Release:

Experience the beauty of Spanish music theater featuring tenor Enrique Viana, one of the leading men in Spanish zarzuela, and Spanish pianist Daniel Oyarzabal in a performance billed as Romantico Enrique Viana (The Unending Passion of the Zarzuela) on June 11, 2013, 8pm at the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The event is open to the public and presented in collaboration with the CCP, the Embassy of Spain, and Instituto Cervantes de Manila.

The show is a recital leading audiences through the Zarzuela and Spanish culture in the 19th and 20th century’s theaters. Through illustrative productions, anecdotes and brief remarks on the lyrical genre, Enrique Viana and Daniel Oyarzabal will approach the attendants to the world of Spanish Zarzuela. 

Zarzuela is a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, the latter incorporating operatic and popular song, as well as dance. The zarzuela was introduced to Manila in 1879 or 1880 with a performance of Jugar con fuego (Play with Fire) by the troupe of Dario de Cespedes. In the following years, more groups arrived, which presented the zarzuela in other areas such as Iloilo, Cebu, Pampanga and Bicol. Inspired by this new “enlightened” form, Filipinos soon created their own original sarswela in other dialects. 

Born in Madrid, Enrique Viana studied singing at the Royal Conservatory of Music, and later took extensive studies in Barcelona, Milan, Siena, Rome and Paris. He specializes in the bel canto repertoire, and in some French romantic authors. On the operatic stage, Enrique performed as the Duke in Rigoletto, Alfredo in La Traviata, Fenton in Falstaff, D. Basilio in The Marriage of Figaro, Ernesto in Don Pasqual and, Tonio in La fille du regiment, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville, Ramiro in La Cenerentola, among other roles.

For details, contact the Instituto Cervantes at 526-1485, and CCP at 832-1125 loc.1601 for ticket inquiries.

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